Can Rajon Rondo Help Dallas Mavericks Turn the Corner on Defense?

December 23rd, 2014 by Vytis Lasaitis Leave a reply »

The Dallas Mavericks' perimeter defense has been in shambles all season long. While Rajon Rondo is one of the best playmakers in the NBA, the Mavs traded for him hoping he would help the team on both ends of the floor. 

Dallas' struggles to defend are no secret at this point. The team ranks 20th in the league in defensive efficiency while surrendering the second-highest opponent three-point percentage.

The Mavericks' rim protection has gotten significantly better this season, but their inability to stop dribble penetration and prevent open threes has proven to be the team's biggest downfall. 

Serious title-contending teams generally need a solid offensive and defensive balance. Being below average in either category rarely leads to postseason success. This is where the Mavs are hoping that Rondo, a two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team nominee, can provide a much-needed boost.

Two games into his career as a Maverick, Rondo, 28, has shown some mixed signs in that regard.

In Dallas' Dec. 20 99-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, Rondo looked a lot like a g ...

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